Hot water isn’t a luxury, it’s something we all need. From doing dishes to washing yourself and washing your laundry; hot water is at the root of almost every home chore. In many homes, the hot water heater is the most used appliance. So, it’s quite inconvenient when you do not have enough hot water. For some, the loss of hot water can build up over time, but for some it can happen quite rapidly. That’s why we’re sharing the most common causes that would cause you to not have enough hot water.
One of the easiest fixes for not having enough hot water is the thermostat. Oftentimes, a thermostat can be adjusted. If you notice you do not have enough hot water, check the thermostat on your hot water heater and adjust it to your liking. If you still do not have enough hot water after adjusting the thermostat, it’s time to call a plumber.
Dip Tube Problems
First off, what’s a dip tube? The dip tube is a long—oftentimes plastic—tube that reaches from the top of your water heater’s tank to the bottom. This tube funnels cold water to the bottom of the tank and ensures that warm water stays away from the cooler temperatures. With age, a dip tube can crack, break, or separate entirely from the tank. When this happens, cold water mixes with warm, treated water and the homeowner is left with lukewarm water. The plumbers at Service Champions can diagnose any dip tube problems you may have.
Hard Water and Too Much Sediment
In California, hard water isn’t an annoyance, it’s a way of life. If you do not know, hard water is natural water with trace amounts of minerals—most commonly calcium and magnesium. These minerals are beneficial to human health, but unfortunately, not beneficial to your hot water heater. As you water heater ages and more natural water runs through it, sediment builds up in the tank. As this sediment builds up can coat the tank and dip tube, causing water to not heat evenly or in severe cases, not heat at all. You could perform a DIY flush once every year, but even then, sediment will build up over your water heater’s lifetime.
Time for a New Hot Water Heater
Believe it or not, your hot water heater has a set lifespan. The average lifespan of a hot water heater is 8-12 years. If you do not have enough hot water, and your water heater is getting up there in age, it might be time to consider investing in a new one. When the time comes that you need a new hot water heater, it’s best to discuss your options with a professional plumber.
Service Champions is Here if There’s Not Enough Hot Water
If you’re having issues because you there’s not enough hot water, give us a call. The plumbers with Service Champions happily serve Los Angeles, Orange, and Riverside counties. Our skilled staff is standing by, waiting for your call. Please feel free to reach out to our friendly call center representatives or click here to request an appointment online.